If nothing else, in the midst of a chaotic time (moving states in the middle of a pandemic, postponing their original date and trying to plan the wedding long-distance) Poppy and Dylan wanted their wedding to be “super relaxed! Let’s get married then party!”
They left everything up to the pros and the props delivered! Kyra Boyer on beautiful imagery, Miss Ladybird Cakes whipping up not one, but three amazing wedding cakes, Fat & Skinny Catering cooking up a wedding feast of dreams and of course, the venue Glasshaus stepping up to the plate with its incredible beauty. The dream team game for Poppy and Dylan? Utterly golden.
It was most definitely not love at first sight for Poppy and Dylan though, in fact, Poppy counts herself as less than impressed on first impressions, telling “We met at our first job – McDonald’s! I thought Dylan was such a grub when I started working there and we really didn’t have much to do with each other. Dylan lost his license and I offered to drive him home a few times which then started a great friendship and I realised actually how funny he is.”
And luckily they did eventually hit it off because when Dylan decided to ask Poppy to marry him, she said yes! In his words “After months of planning, we went to Japan for a skiing holiday, I researched a cute Japanese town ‘Hakodate’ which is the capital of proposals in Japan. We went up the lookout at sunset and everything was perfect… except the ring wasn’t ready! So I had to propose in the car, after the holiday 10 mins before Poppy started work as there were other time constraints (Poppy’s sister leaving to live in Canada the next day).”
“Dylan wore a black tuxedo and the groomsmen all matched. Dylan also wanted something “simple” and not too flashy. However, his shoes were extra flashy and had the perfect shine!”
Poppy’s stunningly elegant Hera Couture was found at Bluebell Bridal. She shares “I knew I wanted something “simple” – no lace or fancy cutouts and I had already seen a bunch of dresses by Hera Couture that I liked. The dress was called Von Maria from Hera Couture, medium silk satin and most importantly POCKETS!
It was the second dress I tried one and it was only on my list to try so I could compare it to a similar one. I purchased it at Bluebell Bridal in Melbourne and they were so helpful, especially through the alterations. “She also added special family pieces. I wore a ring from my great-great-grandmother on my mum’s side and my grandmother gave me a wedding horseshoe which had been passed through her family.”
Poppy and Dylan made the most of the two spaces of Glasshaus for their wedding (utilisng Glasshaus Outside for their ceremony and Glasshaus Inside for their reception). “We knew we wanted a space that we wouldn’t have to style much (cos we lazy). We originally looked at a place called Cactus Country in Strathmerton and really liked the idea of all the plants, but wanted that idea with the ease of location near the city.
We saw Glasshaus and then got home and sent them an email to book. We loved how full it would look, all the hanging plants and a little bit moody. It was nice to have the ceremony in two separate spots and change the scenery with the same sort of feel.” The couple also left their floral arrangements up to the Glasshaus team. “I really left this up to Isabel at Glasshaus Floristry. I sent her a few pics and she delivered!” explains Poppy.
Poppy walked down the aisle with her dad to an instrumental version of John Legend’s “All of Me”.
“We made sure family and friends from interstate and overseas were able to partake so we live streamed our ceremony to them with the help of Rich from Hey Jack Entertainment.”
Poppy and Dylan chose Wendy Does Weddings to perform their ceremony, opting for a ceremony that kept to that joyous, laid back vibe they wanted. Says Poppy “We really just wanted something to the point, relaxed and funny! Wendy just nailed this! We didn’t have any readings but we chose to write our own vows which we thought was special. Reflecting on your relationship and writing down why you want to be with this person is a really nice experience.”
The family was such a focus for these two. “We wanted grandparents to be our witnesses so we had Dylan’s Nan, Beth and my Grandmother Julie take part in this.”
“Kyra – amazing!” exclaims Poppy of the couple’s photographer. “So relaxed, so helpful, just so great at what she does! We found Kyra through our celebrant Wendy (they own a business together “Fancy a Quickie” for eloping!). We both hated the idea of having to stop and pose for photos and Kyra really didn’t make us do this, she just captured everything perfectly.”
Poppy has infinite wisdom for you. “Please relax and think bigger picture!
Outline everything thing that are musts for yourselves and work out how they’ll fit in your budget. Most importantly try not to take on other’s opinions/wants/complaints the day is about you two!
If you’re planning through COVID just know it is worth it, however you decide to get hitched!”
What is one wedding cake when you can have three? Poppy and Dylan hired Miss Ladybird Cakes to make three beautiful, delicious wedding cakes! The trio the perfect complement to the sit-down feast catered by Fat & Skinny Catering. “Most of our vendors had worked with each other or were connected in some way” explains Poppy. “I feel this made things so easy for us as they knew how others worked and were able to communicate to each other instead of through us. I think two things we really enjoyed were writing our own vows and picking our menu (because food is important!).”
That beautifully stained glass box? Handmade by Dylan’s father to act as the couple’s wishing well. “His mum designed and dad made it all out of glass” explains the bride. ” They had gifted us a glass frame (also made by Dylan’s dad) of the yellow submarine by The Beatles and the wishing well matches this theme. It looked absolutely amazing in all the greenery.”
The newlyweds kicked off the dance floor straight away explains Poppy. “We wanted all our “formalities” to be done at the start of our reception so when we entered we went straight into our first dance. We danced to “Chateau” by Angus and Julia Stone covered by the wonderful Tammy and Paul of LuaLua.”
Poppy and Dylan did minimal DIY, but Poppy did lend her hand to one thing! “I drew two pictures of our dogs which we included on our wedding favour. We wanted to donate instead of giving out wedding favours. We donated to Pets Haven which is where both of our dogs came from.”
“We have so many special memories of everyone on the dance floor. We had dancing right after our first dance before people sat to eat and then immediately after eating. We didn’t know so many of our family and friends had secret dance moves.”
A big congratulations to the newlyweds! Thank you both for sharing such an intimate part of your life with us. Thank you also to Kyra Boyer for her utterly beautiful images today!